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Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Sapphirina auronitens

A drawing by Giesbrecht (1892) of the Copepoda, Sapphirina auronitens Claus, 1863


  • Photo of the Giant Amazon Leech

    The Giant Amazon Leech (Haementeria ghilianii de Filippi, 1849) is the world's largest leech, growing to a length of 18 inches (45.7 cm), and possibly living as long as 20 years.

  • Photo of Fallicambarus devastator

    Read about the destructive activity of Fallicambarus devastator

  • Photo of a Scleractinian Coral

    First Report of Gall-Inhabiting Poecilostome Copepod from a Scleractinian Coral

  • SEM image of Excorallana sexticornis

    What may look like a Chinese dragon is in reality the head of the quarter-inch long marine isopod crustacean

  • Photo of a ring of tiger cowrie shells

    These mature tiger cowries have been collected from the Indian, North and South Pacific Oceans, where live specimens can be found in variable depths on reefs and under coral rocks.

  • SEM image of a Syllid worm on an Antipatharian Coral

    First Report of a Syllid Polychaete Association with an Antipatharian Coral

  • Photo and illustration of a Mid-Oceanic Ridge Shrimp

    Find these creatures near volcanic vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where superheated water and dissolved gases spew out from cracks in the earth's surface at the bottom of the sea.

  • Photo of deep-sea hydrothermal vent worms

    Vestimentifera (vent worms) live in deep-sea hydrothermal vents (up to 2 miles below the ocean surface) around volcanic sulfide plumes.

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